In conjunction with moving up the primary election to August 4, 2020, the Legislature passed a bill also moving up the deadline for candidates to file their nomination petition signatures. This earlier deadline will affect all federal, statewide, legislative, and county candidates – and potentially city candidates, depending on local charter provisions. This will probablyRead moreRead more
A federal district court judge in California tentatively ruled yesterday that California may not require a presidential candidate to disclose his or her tax returns to the California Secretary of State as a condition of gaining ballot access to run in the state’s presidential primary election. In stark contrast, Arizona has shown little appetite toRead moreRead more
On September 4th, a write-in candidate for the Peoria City Council filed an election contest in Maricopa County Superior Court against Denette Dunn, the winner of a special primary election to fill the seat. Based on the pleadings, it does not appear this election contest has much legs.
A newly-filed initiative measure will be pitched as a effort to reign in alleged self-dealing by lawmakers and empower voters to have a greater voice in Arizona affairs. But the effect on election officials likely will never get mentioned. Make no mistake about it: the Democracy and Accountability Act will wreak havoc on election administrationRead moreRead more
According to a recent ruling from the Maricopa County Superior Court, it is unconstitutional to amend any word or phrase in any statute that is deemed to be incorporated into the Citizens Clean Elections Act—a public funding scheme for participating statewide and legislative candidates. A similar ruling could doom the new primary election date.